Brentford vs Chelsea live stream — how to watch Premier League 21/22 game online

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The Brentford vs Chelsea live stream sees the Premier League new boys meet the mighty Chelsea in a west London derby that's not been played for a long, long time.

Brentford vs Chelsea live stream live stream, date, time, channels

The Brentford vs Chelsea live stream takes place today (Saturday, October 16).
Time: 5.30 p.m. BST / 12.30 p.m. ET / 9.30 a.m. PT
• U.S. — Watch on NBC via Sling (opens in new tab) or Fubo.TV (opens in new tab)
• U.K. — Watch on Sky Sports (opens in new tab)
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)

In fact, the last time these two met in the league was back in 1947 — there really isn't any recent history for either side to draw on here. Brentford certainly shouldn't be overawed by the occasion, though, having started the season very well; they currently sit seventh, just four points behind Chelsea.

That said, a game against Chelsea is about as hard as they come. The Blues go into the weekend top of the Premier League table and with just one defeat so far. Most impressively, they've only conceded three goals, the joint lowest in the top flight. 

If Brentford are to break down that formidable defense, they'll need star striker Ivan Toney to add to the brace of goals he's so far hit this season, having notched a record-breaking 31 last year.

Chelsea have an even greater goal threat of course, in the form of Romelu Lukaku — and he plays here despite having missed Belgium's second international in midweek. Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva are both out, though, but midfielder N’Golo Kante returns after suffering from Covid-19. Andreas Christensen and Malang Sarr also start.

For Brentford, Shandon Baptiste is missing, having dislocated his shoulder, with Mathias Jensen replacing him. Kristoffer Ajer has also recovered from injury and is on the bench.

Here's how they line up:

Brentford: Raya, Jorgensen, Pinnock, Jansson, Henry, Norgaard, Canos, Jensen, Onyeka, Toney, Mbeumo

Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Chalobah, Chilwell, Kante, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Sarr, Lukaku, Werner

Will the Bees continue their dream start to the season? You can find out by watching a Brentford vs Chelsea live stream — and we'll show you how to do that below. And don't forget to check out our full how to watch Premier League 21/22 hub for information on all 380 games this season.

How to watch the Brentford vs Chelsea live stream wherever you are

The Brentford vs Chelsea live stream will be shown on many different channels across the world, but what if you're not in your home country and want to watch it on your usual service?

The answer is to use a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN will let you tune into your home coverage from wherever you are — meaning that if you're abroad, you can use one of the best VPN services to watch the games live as if you were in your lounge.

Our favorite right now is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), thanks to its combination of superb speed, great customer service and excellent device support. It also offers a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you could check it out without having to sign up long term.

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Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.K. and want to view a U.S. service, you'd select U.S. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to NBC, Peacock or another service and watch the game.

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How to watch the Brentford vs Chelsea live stream in the US

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Soccer fans in the U.S. can watch the Brentford vs Chelsea live stream on NBC and on the NBC (opens in new tab) website with a valid login. NBC can be accessed with one of the best TV antennas or through a cable TV package.

If you've cut the cord and don't have cable, you have plenty of options, too. Our pick of these would be Sling TV: the Sling Blue package costs just $35 per month and comes with more than 30 channels including NBC. Plus, right now Sling is offering a 30-day trial for the bargain price of $10 (opens in new tab).

Fubo.TV is another option for live TV. Their Starter Plan costs $65 per month but gives you more than 117 channels, including NBCSN, plus lots more for sports fans to enjoy.

If you already use those services but aren't in the U.S. right now, you can watch the Brentford vs Chelsea live stream by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

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Sling TV (opens in new tab) offers two packages, both of which cost $35 a month. The Sling Blue plan comes with 30-plus channels, including NBC and NBCSN. Sling is currently offering $25 dollars off the first month.

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If you love sports, you might want to check out Fubo.TV (opens in new tab). It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front and has dozens of sports channels, including NBC and NBCSN. 

How to watch the Brentford vs Chelsea live stream in Canada

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Canadians can watch the Brentford vs Chelsea live stream on DAZN (opens in new tab)

What's more, DAZN offers new customers a 30-day free-trial period (opens in new tab), with the service then costing $20 CAD per month thereafter, or $150 CAD for the year. DAZN, if you're unfamiliar, has apps on every single streaming platform there is.

Canadians stuck abroad that still want their low-price alternative can use a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) to trick their streaming device to thinking it's back in the great white north.

How to watch the Brentford vs Chelsea live stream in the UK

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Sky Sports (opens in new tab) has the Brentford vs Chelsea live stream in the U.K., so if you already have a Sky subscription that doesn't include Sports, you'll need to pay £25/month to add those channels. Or, if you just want the soccer action, Sky is currently offering a deal on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Premier League (opens in new tab) that gives you both channels on top of your existing non-Sports package, for £22/month.

Whichever package you go for, you'll also gain access to coverage in 4K and HDR, so long as you also have an HDR-ready Sky Q box and HLG-compatible TV.

If you don't want to shell out for a full Sky sub, you could also consider its Now Sports streaming service. This gives you 24-hour access for £9.99 or month-long access for £33.99 but once again, Sky is currently offering a great deal here: you can sign up for six months of access for just £25/month right now (opens in new tab). Now Sports is available on virtually every streaming device out there and is a great option if you don't already have Sky. 

All sounds great, right? But if you're not in the U.K., you can still follow the Brentford vs Chelsea live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

How to watch the Brentford vs Chelsea live stream in Australia

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Aussies can watch the Brentford vs Chelsea live stream on Optus Sport (opens in new tab), which has the rights to all 380 Premier League games this season. Optus can be accessed via a dedicated mobile or tablet app, and also on Chromecast and Apple TV — plus it costs a very reasonable $14.99 AUD per month. An Annual Pass is also available for $139 AUD/year, but a current offer knocks that back to a bargain $99 AUD.

Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN to watch all the action on your Optus account, as if you were back home.

How to watch the Brentford vs Chelsea live stream in New Zealand

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Kiwis can access the Brentford vs Chelsea live stream via Spark Sport (opens in new tab), which costs $24.99 NZD per month. Bear in mind, though, that there's currently a seven-day free trial so you can check it out for the start of the season and see how you like it.

Spark is available via web browsers plus loads of streaming devices including Chromecast and Apple TV, so there's no shortage of ways to watch it.

Not at home in New Zealand right now? You can still follow every game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

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